Lettuce Talk Mother’s Day Gifts

Whether your mother has a green thumb or black thumb… these lovely markers will help identifying the living, or the dead.

Cilantro click on a link below to buy a handful of these up-cycled vintage silver plated herb markers. They’re the real dill; stamped by hand, not machine. Potluck Tableware is always mint to be cheeky, handsome & useful.

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A Box of Rain, Please & Thank You

Not only is my garden happy for the rain this weekend, but the damp earth and newly blooming honeysuckle made for the best start to my day ever. What is it about the smell of a downpour before, during, and after that makes us all just want to breathe it all in?

There are few smells as lovely as the scent of that moment just before it rains. Though my cat’s tummy and tomato leaves are way high on my list. While petrichor may not sound lovely, this lush and earthy olfactory pleasure makes life worth living, and evidently is as pleasing to animals as it is to humans.

Read this interesting article about the science behind this shared experience…


Fab Five for Friday: Pie, Pie & More Pie

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This year our Pi(e) Day Social was a great success. Lovely pies and reasonably good people. Image courtesy of @dchav_

And speaking of pie…I found myself needing a super quick piecrust because my frozen pie disk had taken a bad turn during a power outage. Though conventional wisdom tells me it’s unwise to try something new when entertaining, I decided to give this quick pie crust a try. I scoffed at the claim that this piecrust is revolutionary… but am now a convert. The crust is kind of shortbready, buttery, flaky, and so easy. Perfect for single crust pies. You can buy The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook here.

I find it hard to find sprouts in the small amount I need, so felt it economical to try sprouting my own. I found these on Amazon. I believe these are radish, lentil and some other guys.

I am just about to bind off this lovely poncho in Rowan Felted Tweed and am itching to start something with Euroflax Linen, maybe this tunic or another wrap.

Sharing your bounty. While planning your spring garden, plan to plant just a little bit more to share with your local community food bank. Contact them first, but many of your local organizations will gladly accept washed, home grown produce to offer their clients. Ample Harvest has a Find a Pantry button on the top of their site to help you find a local food bank or soup kitchen that would love to accept your produce and eggs. If you live in Elgin you can donate food here.